Wednesday of the Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time
Reading 1Phil 2:12-18; Gospel Lk 14:25-33
Our world is so competitive. We see students preparing for the competitive and entrance exams with great commitment and dedication, setting up priorities in life and learning to say ‘no’ to those things and habits that doesn’t help them to achieve the goal.
Today’s gospel portrays a situation where many people were walking with Jesus and to them Jesus through various examples raises this basic question, ‘who is willing to follow me?’
True discipleship is a decision. The analogy of building a house (our response to God’s call of Christian living) and going for war (challenges to be faced)invites us to see about the choices we make in our discipleship.
Following Christ earnestly doesn’t offer security rather it challenges us. it challenges us to set priority in our relationship between God and other persons and things, to distinguish between our way of thinking and God’s plans for us, to say ‘no’ to what doesn’t help us in following Christ. A disciple just can’t be mediocre. True discipleship calls us to put everything at stake.
May the Eucharistic lord who invites us to follow him closely enable us to say more often ‘yes’ to his call and to him.